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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (46033)9/8/2017 1:16:10 AM
From: Elsewhere
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Richard Branson uses a sat phone on the British Virgin Islands.
"I'm speaking these words from a satellite phone that is just about working, but all other communications are down."
virgin.com

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To: Frank A. Coluccio who wrote (46033)9/8/2017 5:24:06 AM
From: axial
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1 — Harvey Shows Progress on Emergency Communications Since Katrina

'One comparison offers a glimmer of hope amid the devastation: Communications networks have held much better. While connectivity was almost completely lost in Rockport, Texas, which was hit hardest by the storm, the Federal Communications Commission says just 4 percent of the 7,804 cell sites in Harvey’s path were wiped out, affecting 148,565 people. By contrast, more than 1,000 cell sites were knocked out during Katrina, preventing millions of calls from going through, according to a post-Katrina FCC report. Now, Texas’s 9-1-1 system has been overloaded with calls, but “those calls are going through,” says Adm. Jamie Barnett, former chief of public safety and homeland security at the FCC. “By and large we’re hearing that the cellular networks stood up. That means there’s been some learning.” '

2 — Hurricane Irma: Prepare your smartphone for catastrophic conditions

3 — And of course, Old Faithful — HARVEY AFTERMATH: Ham Radio activated for emergency communication

With Harvey wind was an early but transient issue. The longer-term problem was rain, not so destructive to towers. Irma's +200 kph winds will probably tell a different story.

As noted a few years ago, first responders have their own dedicated channels and protocols, which will be tested. As long as there's non-tower internet connectivity WiFi remains usable for the great unwashed.

Jim

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To: P2V who wrote (45972)9/11/2017 1:56:03 AM
From: axial
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Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

'Updated US big box retailer Best Buy has pulled from its shelves Kaspersky Lab's PC security software amid fears of Kremlin spies using the antivirus tool to snoop on Americans.

Despite there being no concrete evidence to indicate that the security software is a threat, the retail chain is ending its long relationship with Kaspersky, a Best Buy spokesperson confirmed to The Register on Friday. As to the reasoning, the store chain just said that it doesn't comment on contracts with specific vendors.'

Jim

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To: axial who wrote (46036)9/12/2017 9:05:17 PM
From: P2V
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Us Govt GSA (General Services Administration) has joined the ban. news.softpedia.com

Little off topic .... then there was this fool, who checked out a GSA automobile .... after a long and tiring flight

to Kansas City,

This same fool ... proceeded out of their garage , on down a one-way street.

All fine and dandy except that it seemed like every one else on the road ... was driving straight at me.

So what do I know ?




Kaspersky responds:

usa.kaspersky.com

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To: P2V who wrote (46037)9/13/2017 10:19:26 AM
From: axial
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Kapersky's response may be justified. Or not. Avoidance is the answer.
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Re: "All fine and dandy except that it seemed like every one else on the road ... was driving straight at me."

Yikes. Good that you and others emerged unscathed.

Jim

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To: axial who wrote (46035)9/14/2017 4:10:05 PM
From: P2V
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Thanks,

It is good to see that "Ham" Radio operators are still active in (what used be called civil defense)

I got my start in radio through such a course in ham radio, back in the early 50's , at a local police station..




fyi: qsl.net

Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need. During periods of RACES activation, certified unpaid personnel are called upon to perform many tasks for the government agencies they serve. Although the exact nature of each activation will be different, the common thread is communications.




The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides planning guidance and technical assistance for establishing a RACES organization at the state and local government level.




The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulation of RACES operations. RACES is administrated by a local, county, or state civil defense agency responsible for disaster services. This civil defense agency is typically an emergency services or emergency management organization, sometimes within another agency such as police or fire.

RACES is a function of the agency's Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), sometimes known as DCS (Disaster Communications Service), ECS (Emergency Communications Service), ARPSC (Amateur Radio Public Service Corps), etc. Rules.

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To: ftth who wrote (46008)9/15/2017 9:25:07 PM
From: ftth
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So Long, Cassini! Space.com Says Goodbye to the Saturn Probe

"Today, Sept. 15, Cassini crashed into Saturn after 13 years spent orbiting the ringed planet...Powered by plutonium the $3.9 billion spacecraft slingshotted around Venus twice and Earth once before traveling on to Jupiter to accelerate enough to reach Saturn in 2004. The spacecraft traveled 4.9 billion miles (7.9 billion kilometers) during its mission, circled Saturn 293 times, discovered six moons and observed dozens more. It dropped the European Space Agency's Huygens probe on Titan, the first-ever landing in the outer solar system.


full article: LINK


Another series of articles: LINK

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To: axial who wrote (46038)9/17/2017 7:54:18 PM
From: P2V
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Absolutely agree with you, re avoiding Kapersky.

Can you imagine getting hit head on by a fool in a Govt vehicle ?
as you say, avoidance is the watchword,

Best to Ya , M

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From: Frank A. Coluccio9/18/2017 11:47:29 AM
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[Opinion] The Copper-Wire World of AT&T: The Reason to Investigate AT&T, Now


[ It's all about fiber to the press release... ]

The chart above is a summary of how AT&T has been manipulating the accounting of its mostly copper-based, state-based, utility networks. AT&T claims no one is using the networks and if they can ‘shut off the copper’, this time they will bring next generation wireless services, including 5G, to America. And to help AT&T et al. push this plan along, there is industry-created legislation, like the California bill, SB-649, as well as proceedings at the FCC. (SB-649 preempts state and city laws to put in ‘small cell’ wireless, with the claim it will replace (and shut off) the wired networks.) Read on:

huffingtonpost.com

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From: P2V9/19/2017 2:26:37 PM
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I Spy With My Digital Eye
click.e.mozilla.org

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